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1/02: Waxwell Lane Car Park, Waxwell Lane, Pinner - P/5680/17


PROPOSAL: Redevelopment of existing car park to provide 20 three-storey dwellinghouses (use class c3) (14 x 3 bedroom houses & 6 x 4 bedroom houses) associated car & cycle parking, refuse storage, landscaping & replacement boundary treatment


An officer advised that the Committee was being asked to approve the principles of the application, subject to the issue of the viability of affordable housing being returned to committee for final resolution.


Following questions and comments from Members, an officer advised that:


·                     the Council’s Highways Officer had confirmed that there were no objections to the loss of the car parking area.  The applicant had offered to apply a parking permit restriction which would prevent residents at the development from being able to obtain permits allowing them to park on-street during the operational hours of the surrounding CPZ.  The Council’s Highways officer considered this to be acceptable.   Furthermore, the site was located close to the Pinner transport hub.  The transport surveys had concluded that the business permit bays in Waxwell Lane were under-utilised and that the current demand for permits could be accommodated within the Chapel Lane car park, which was also under-utilised;


·                     the transport surveys had been carried out throughout the day on a Thursday and on a Saturday.


The Committee received representations from an objector, Mr Kirilenko, a representative of the applicant, Mr Lloyd and Councillor Norman Stevenson.


The Chair stated that the Committee would vote to approve the principles of the application.  He requested that a more detailed breakdown regarding the parking spaces for affected business, feedback from local supermarkets about the availability of parking spaces in their car parks, and the affordable housing quota be submitted to the March 2018 meeting of the Committee.


A Member requested that the application be deferred until the March meeting of the Committee as he would prefer to make a decision once all relevant information was available.  In his view, Members would not otherwise be in a position to make a fully informed decision.  This request was not agreed.


The Member proposed refusal on the following grounds:


‘The proposal will result in an unacceptable loss of public and commercial parking and an insufficient level of residential parking provision, causing harm to local economic vitality and local amenity, contrary to policies DM1, DM42 and DM43 of the Local Plan, CS1 of the Core Strategy and 4.8 and 6.13 of the London Plan.’


The motion was seconded, put to the vote and lost.




1.            planning permission, as amended by the Addendums, subject to the conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the officer report and subject to the following information being submitted to the March 2018 meeting of the Committee for agreement:


a)     more detailed information regarding the availability of parking spaces for affected business and feedback from local supermarkets about the availability of parking spaces in their car parks; and


b)     the viability of affordable housing.


The Committee wished it to be recorded that the decision to grant the application was by a majority of votes.


Councillors  Ghazanfar Ali, Simon Brown, Keith Ferry & Sachin Shah voted for the application.


Councillors June Baxter, Stephen Greek & Pritesh Patel voted against the application.

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